Environmental Studies

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Environmental problems are pressing and complex. Solving them will require expertise rooted in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Creative and sustainable approaches to climate change, environmental justice, natural resource depletion, public health, and hunger, depend on our ability to understand the interactive components of natural, built, and social environments. The goal of our environmental studies curriculum is to produce professionals who can do just that. EVST graduates will have a strong foundation in key areas and will "speak the language" of the multiple disciplines involved in environmental problem solving.

In the Environmental Studies degree programs, students are broadly prepared across disciplines, but are also required to focus and specialize through the selection of a minor or a second major.  The curriculum incorporates experiential and service learning, collaborative problem solving, and meaningful interactions with environmental professionals.  Academic credit is given for research, internships, and international travel experiences.

One of the popular misconceptions about Environmental Studies is that it is, essentially, a “science” program. While there are certainly many opportunities for students interested in the natural sciences to focus in that area, the substantial breadth of the program also allows majors to align with the humanities and social sciences.